Le Diplomate

4.8
9595 reviews
$31 to $50
French
Stephen Starr brings his signature brand of hospitality and design to the nation’s capital with the opening of Le Diplomate, located at 14th & Q. Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, the stylish 260 seat restaurant transports diners to the beloved cafés of Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris. The extensive menu features a variety of classic dishes including Onion Soup Gratinee, Steak Frites, and Poulet Roti as well as contemporary bistro fare, with dishes such as Shaved Veal Tongue with Mache and Bavette de Boeuf à l’Echalote. A thoughtfully curated wine list and cocktail program perfectly complements the cuisine and creates an environment suitable for romantic dinners or lively group gatherings. In warmer weather, enjoy dining "en plein air" in the stunning outdoor café where you can take in the bustling energy of DC while sipping on the perfect kir royale.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 9595 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Sadly, another awful experience at Le Diplomate. I even emailed the manager that reached out to me after our last awful experience, and guess what? No reply, no one had read our request posted in Open Table for an outside table since we have a family member with a preexisting condition, the waiter was nice but we practically had to tackle him to get service, the bill was wrong and it took over 20 minutes to get it fixed while we’re sitting there freezing...just horrendous...AGAIN. We live 1/2 a block from Le Diplomate and have been coming since it opened...it used to be good. Now it’s a poorly managed, overpriced joke in a town full of better restaurants. Goodbye forever, Le Diplomate!

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GustavoN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Excellent food and service. It was our 24th anniversary and we left the restaurant wishing to return shortly. I recommend to everyone.

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LisaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food and presentation. Loved our private pod. Would have loved a heater in the pod.

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vipMariaLauraCampos
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant!

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vipPatriciaD
Caribbean
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing service and meal!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extraordinary

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ParisM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The diplomate never fails to impress - absolutely amazing food and dining experience.

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Luv4food
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

We sat in the private covered constructions they have built but we froze as the heater was not strung enough

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MelanieV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

The food was on point and delicious, but our experience was a bit sour because the service wasn’t at its best. Some hosts were rude, especially at the entrance of the restaurant. I know we are living in uncertain times with Covid-19, but having courtesy is vital. I was dying to visit this restaurant, and now I'm just disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

I had a nice dinner in the heated “chalet” outdoor dining option. It was fairly warm inside the chalet and protected from the wind. The temperature outside was approximately 30degree F so while it was warmer inside the chalet, I did keep my winter coat on. The food was great, as usual. My main complaint is that the dinner felt rushed since the reservations now have a time limit- 1.5 hours for 2 people, 2 hours for 3+people and so on depending on party size. My party had 3 people, and we ordered appetizers, a bottle of wine, dinner, and dessert. Dinner was served when we were still enjoying our appetizer which led to dishes shuffling around and a bit of an inconvenience. Towards the end of our meal the wait staff kept checking in and hovering around our chalet. We were considering another bottle of wine, but the staff reminded us of the time and that we were due to leave in 15 minutes. This led to having to quickly finish eating the delicious pot de creme and no time for coffee or additional drinks. I understand that restaurants are trying to adapt to COVID dining in the best way possible...however I do want to point this out to other diners. Do not expect a relaxed French dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for a great birthday brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service, covid precautions...all made the experience perfect as always

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Fakedoc
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great. Mike was great. Nice wine menu

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vipPoliticalHill
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just when you think “the Dip” can’t get any better, you meet your server: Lola. The best!

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vipGaryK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing socially distanced huts. Food as always was amazing and service was 100%

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haurie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Le Dip is our go to in DC. We had the King Crab app, Duck, Burger, Profiterole... ALL were amazing as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, excellent staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal outdoor dining experience with quiet private (and heated) booths that offer a great deal of partitioning between you and your fellow diners. This will be my new “go-to” COVID dining destination! Their moules frites were the best mussle dish I’ve had in my life. Packed with fresh herbs, garlic, and butter. I highly recommend Le Diplomate to anyone in search of a sense of a traditional feeling restaurant experience during these challenging times.

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vipJames
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The outdoor cubicles are covid-19 protected and well heated. Great solution for a great meal

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KristenJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate here for my birthday dinner and it was a great experience. They only had outdoor seating available but the little huts have heating in them and we were very warm. The beef bourguignon was delicious as were the profiteroles for dessert. We tried a few cool cocktails and overall it was a wonderful meal. Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

It was cold outside, but very well done and lovely seating.

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RichardB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food. Excellent service from our French waiter. Always a great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We went on Inauguration Day, which is also my birthday. We sat in one of the heated booths outside which was very cozy on a cold evening. LeDip is my favorite restaurant in Washington and we often go there for special occasions. The waiter was very attentive.

The appetizers and dessert were excellent, we had the beet salad and ravioli, and the crepe brûlée for dessert. The entrees were a bit disappointing- the lobster risotto and the mules frites were good but not as good as other dishes we have had in the past.

We will definitely go there again and recommend the restaurant to our friends.

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Blair
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience! Amazing food! Amazing atmosphere. We sat outside in their temporary street tables and it was beyond nice. The outside tables are heated and have dividing walls for the ultimate COVID safe dining experience. Would recommend it to anyone.

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CaseyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to celebrate and it did not disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really hope Le Diplomate receives this review. My best friend and I had such a good time. I loved the private areas they built and our server Geda was amazing. He gave great recommendations, he was funny and he took great care of us. My meal was incredible and Geda even brought us a little treat. I really enjoyed everything.

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vipLovetoeat
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipDavidP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our food was great, per usual.
Additionally, our server Matthew was one of the best servers we’ve had in quite some time.

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LancyL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was for my beloved’s birthday. I had the scallops and he the had beef bourguignon. It was an elegant and perfect place for celebrating. Excellent service.

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Michael
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was so happy to return to Le Diplomate after a year away.

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faip
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor seating was beautiful and comfortable.

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vipRobert
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome anniversary at one of our favorites!

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vipJohnB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always!

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vip80sgirl
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Covid outdoor experience! All was spectacular! The heaters, the service, the food, and the way they created lots of comfortable and safe outdoor space!! Relaxing and much appreciated getaway for these times!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was friendly and accommodating

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NormanR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

love the heated booths and service.......................

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience2

We were put on the outside corner (outside the hostess stand) which is more exposed to the “outdoors”, where we knew would be a little more chilly but assumed the heater would protect us. We quickly realized the heater dod not work. After sitting there shivering and asking both the hostesses as well as our waiter to help assist with the heat (several times), the problem was never resolved and we had to cut the brunch early and go home to warm up. Beyond that food was delicious per usual.

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NestorK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the outdoor dining options that have been installed

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erinferin
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Outdoor setup was cozy and our server was great!

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RLynne
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor seating was transformative given current restrictions for restaurant dining. Very comfortable, well-lit, and conditioned. We felt very safe, and comfortable. And the food was fabulous!!!

FAQs

Le Diplomate does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Le Diplomate also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 9595 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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